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Sparta's Second Attic WarThe Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta, 446-418 B.C.$
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Paul A. Rahe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300242621

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300242621.001.0001

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Pericles’ Calculated Risk

Pericles’ Calculated Risk

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(p.50) Chapter 2 Pericles’ Calculated Risk
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Sparta's Second Attic War
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Paul A. Rahe

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300242621.003.0003

This chapter talks about Thucydides, son of Olorus, who provided the narrative of the great war between the Athenians and the Peloponnesians. It discusses the civil strife that had erupted at Epidamnus in 436 or early 435, in which the Corinthians found themselves confronted with a fateful opportunity. It also describes pólis as a populous settlement of ample wealth and considerable strategic importance that was situated on an easily defended named Dyrrachium. The chapter looks into the Athenians' desire not to initiate a general war with the Spartan alliance and to defend the territorial integrity of Corcyra. It also mentions how Pericles urged to form a defensive alliance with the Corcyraeans an epimachía in order to deter Corinthian aggression.

Keywords:   Thucydides, Olorus, Athenians, Peloponnesians, Epidamnus, Corinthians, pólis, Dyrrachium, Spartan alliance

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